The Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre strives to enhance the quality of life and living for Indigenous people living in the city of Peterborough and the surrounding area. Our vision is a community where urban Indigenous people are healthy, capable, responsible, self-sufficient, respected as equals and culturally strong; living active, wholistic lives consistent with their culture and language, making meaningful contributions to their families and to a reconciled Peterborough society.
In September 2015, the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre Board initiated a rebranding of the organization, beginning with a new logo. Our logo tells a story of who we are, where we are and where we want to go.
“The four figures, wrapped in the sacred colours of the Medicine Wheel, are united; holding hands in solidarity and friendship, in a circle to demonstrate equality. Two city symbols – the clock tower and bridge – rest within the circle, on the water, where Nogojiwanong can be found – “the place at the end of the rapids”. In the words of the logo artist, “Nogojiwanong is a place where you will find a community who will not hesitate to reach their hands out to you in support and friendliness; a place where you can learn to live peacefully and happily with the aid of traditional teachings.”
As an Indigenous culture-based organization, our foundational values are the Seven Grandfather Teachings of Love, Truth, Humility, Bravery, Respect, Wisdom, and Honesty. We use these teachings as a foundation to promote a healthy lifestyle where we are in harmony with nature, our family, and our community.